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Working Memory and Attention

Difficulties with concentrating means that children aren’t able to use their Working Memory to process and make sense of information in class, which can lead to underachievement across the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy.

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E-safety competition - we visit the winning school!

Back in the summer term, the Switched on Computing team ran an e-safety competition to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology. We sent out a free e-safety poster to all schools, challenging children to design their own e-safety poster! The brief was clear – it needed to be colourful and eye-catching with a strong e-safety message.

After much consideration, the judging panel (including HES and Switched on Computing author Miles Berry), announced Alex from Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in Castleford as the winner! They were really impressed with the creative design, attention to detail and the positive e-safety message. As a prize, the poster was recreated by one of our top designers and professionally printed.

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SEN and Working Memory

Difficulties with Working Memory can create barriers to children achieving in reading, writing, maths, and learning across the curriculum.

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KS1 GaPS, preparing your pupils to pass the test

Maddy Barnes looks at how best to prepare children for the 2016 KS1 GaPS test.

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The value of precise mathematical vocabulary

The national curriculum requires that children use mathematical language. It states that ‘the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof’.

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Nicky Morgan proposes further reforms to primary assessment

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has spoken today about reforms to promote educational excellence in schools, including proposed changes to primary school assessment. 

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What is Working Memory?

Working Memory is the ability to store and process information over a short period of time. This provides children with the capacity to think and learn.

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Creating the conditions for mastery (1)

With thanks to Nick Hart, Deputy Head at Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School in Slough, for this fascinating article on scaffolding.

In one episode of the Simpsons, Bart moves school and is immediately put into a remedial class.  He joins a lesson where they are continuing their work from the previous day – the letter ‘a’.  Bart’s observation is: ‘Let me get this straight.  We’re going to catch up to the other kids by going slower than them?’

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My priorities for this academic year - a deputy head's perspective

We caught up with Deputy Head Michael Tidd at the start of term to ask him what his priorities were for the year ahead and how he intended to tackle them. Here is what he kindly shared with us.

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TES SEN Show 2015

The TES SEN Show 2015 is fast approaching, and we're very excited! Make sure that you've signed up to the event, and the fantastic TeachMeet planned for Friday 9th October after the show.

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